Thursday, July 30, 2015

Commonplace Book...James Daugherty...

Billy Herndon, alone in the law office, looked back across the years, and wrote:
"This long, bony, sad man floated down the Sangamon river in a frail canoe.
In the Spring of 1831
Like a piece of driftwood he lodged at last, 
Without a history
Strange, penniless and alone,
In sight of the capitol of Illinois, in the fatigue of daily toil
He struggled for the necessaries of life.
Thirty years later this same peculiar man left the Sangamon river,
Backed by friends, by power, by the patriotic prayers of millions of people,
To be the ruler of the greatest nation in the world."

Note, Billy Herndon was Abraham Lincoln's long term law office partner.

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